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    September 29, 2012
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to let on. >> women hold up half the sky. that's the message from nick christoph. he sits down with the celebrities from the film. they're back. on the field, that is. as millions of fans cheer the return of nfl refs, we break down the fallout for roger goodell and the league. and good morning, everyone. i'm deborah feyerick. we begin with a surprising admission from the intelligence community. they're now saying that the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, was indeed an organized terrorist attack. the original statement after the september 11 attack was that it was a violent end to a spontaneous protest over an
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anti-muslim film. but an investigation found evidence to the contrary. that investigation is still going on. president obama spoke with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu over the phone for about 20 minutes yesterday. the white house says the president reaffirmed his commitment to israel's security and agreed they must prevent iran from getting a nuclear weapon. the president has been criticized for not meeting with netanyahu in person. netanyahu has expressed frustration with the u.s. for not taking a more aggressive stance on iran. the u.s. instead relying on diplomacy and sanctions. later, mitt romney also spoke to netanyahu by phone. well there are only 38 days left until election day. early voting has already started in a few states and even more kick it up next week. also next week, the first presidential debate. that's on wednesday. but the candidates are already warming up for that. >> change is going to take more than one term or one president
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or one party. it's not going to happen if you write off half e nation. election day, 47% of people did not vote for me, but i said i may not have your vote, but i hear your voices, i need your help and i will be your president, too. >> and to the battleground state of new hampshire where the republican vice presidential nominee paul ryan is speaking right now at a cam ppaign rallyn derry. paul ryan firing up the crowd. what's he saying? >> he is talking about the economy, talking about the deficit, talking about four years of president obama would be detrimental to the country. it's pretty plain and simple. president obama and republican nominee mitt romney are laying low today because they're getting ready to prepare for the debate, so it's the number 2s on the campaign trail. right behind me here, here's
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paul ryan stumping here in new hampshire, a crucial battleground state. when he's done here, he goes to ohio later today. another very big important battleground state. and that's the whole idea here, as the president and mitt romney get ready for the debate. paul ryan and vice president joe biden are on the campaign trail. specific new hampshire. the race here is kind of close. the most recent poll shows president obama with a five-point advantage over mitt romney. definitely a very close contest here in new hampshire. this is a state that may not know paul ryan very well, but knows mitt romney very well, who was governor of neighboring massachusetts. he owns a vacation home here in new hampshire. spends a lot of time in this state. >> thanks so much. we're going to keep an eye on it. certainly get ready to hear those debates. thanks so much. ann romney has been a pretty constant presence on the campaign trail. now she's opening up about a big concern. >> i think my biggest concern, obviously, would just be for
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the -- his mental well-being. i have all the confidence in the world in his ability, in his decisiveness, in his leadership skills, in his understanding of the economy, in his understanding of what's missing right now in the economy, peeies that are missing to get this jump started. i think for me it would be the emotional part of it. >> by the way, mitt romney is 65 years old. he would be the second-oldest president in the past 150 years. a consultant for congressman todd akin is comparing him to cult leader david koresh from the waco, texas, incident. this week akin refused to drop out of the missouri senate race. he came under fire for comments he made saying that women can biological prevent pregnancy after a rape. consultant kelly ann conaway told the washington watch weekly that akin was successful in his holdout. >> the first day or two, it was
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like waco with david koresh. and then here comes day two and you realize the guy's coming in. todd has shown his principles to the voters. social issues in the presidential campaign. so which ones could move the needle on election day? maria cardona and amy holmes are coming up and they are going to sort it out for you. [ male announcer ] you are a business pro. monarch of marketing analysis. with the ability to improve roi through seo all by cob. and you...rent from national. because only national lets you choose any car in the aisle... and go.
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fdr the first to use radio. remarkable. there are only 38 days left until election day. this morning, we're focusing on social issues and how they could affect the outcome and here's
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what we're talking about. 48% of you think health care is the top social issue. 33% say it's education. but there's also guns, abortion, same-sex marriage. we all know that the economy is actually issue number one with most voters, but social issues still play a big part for voters in making their final decision. joining me now to talk about the potential impact of these issues, cnn contributor maria cardona and amy holmes, anchor of "real news on the blaze." good to see both of you. maria, what's number one in your book in terms of social issues? >> well, it's interesting, because while you mentioned health care, i think a lot of voters also see health care as an economic issue, because that's the number one concern when they look at health care is costs, and what that is going to mean for their family. so i think health care is a big issue. and in some respects, if it's looked at as a social issue, i think it actually helps the president because he's the one who was seen as putting health
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care out there and even though the health care act itself is not incredibly popular, pieces of it -- the fact that those pieces have actually helped families do what they need in terms of taking care of their families, are very, very popular. and frankly, have made romney basically say that there are pieces of the health care act that he would keep in place. abortion is another one. >> and of course, with health care when you think about it. many people say well, it's not too unlike the plan that governor romney put forth. amy, what do you think voters are thinking about in terms of the health care debate? >> i think mitt romney has it right in the sense that obama care is unpopular. pieces of it might be popular, but mitt romney's been campaigning that he would repeal obama care and replace it with pieces that are popular, but this whole idea about social issues i think is so fascinating and underreported that really it's the obama campaign and the democratic party that has tried to make this a social issues
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election. even turning questions of taxation into a question of fairness, not one of fiscal responsibility or sobriety because at the president himself said, you don't raise taxes in a recession, and we're still certainly struggling along in this economy. so taxation has been turned into a social issue. we saw in the mid-term election that 31% of gay men and women actually voted for the gop so. what did you see at the democratic convention? gay marriage being touted. finally, on women's issues. if you were to listen to the democratic party, apparently there's some deficit, some sortage sort a -- shortage of condoms, but women care most about the economy. democrats tried to focus female voters on issues of reproduction rather than jobs and the economy. >> what they're trying to do is they're basically taking the economy, tying it to social issues, so everything goes into one big pot with. the economy the way it is, with foreign policy so critical, you
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know, are social issues going to be the deciders as they have in past elections, or do you think voters are basically going to wipe the slate clean and say no, no, no, we've got to focus on getting the economy, the economy, the economy, social issues can go by the wayside. maria? >> well, that's such an interesting question, deb, because this is something that i've actually written about. this is where i think republicans have really gotten it wrong. yes, the economy is the number one issue, but guess what, mitt romney has now lost his edge on the economy. and president obama is now outpolling him on who is trusted more with the economy. so with that, what will happen when voters go into the voting booth, they will look at the economy and how both candidates will deal with economic issues, but they will always -- and this is even including when romney had an edge on the economy, they will always look at other issues because american voters are not
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monolithic. so if you're a latino and you go into the voting booth, you're going look at how these candidates deal with immigration. if you're a woman going into the voting booth, you're going look at how these candides have treated women's issues. by the way, it wasn't the democrats that put abortion on the front line. it wasn't the democrats who have talked about legitimate rape. so that was republicans that put it front and center. >> let me have amy jump in on this, because you're really the one who said the economy equals social issues, equals how people are going to vote effectively, if i understand you correctly. do you think for women, for example, is there more of a tendency for women to merge economic and social issues compared to men who may see just sort of economic issues as the key indicator of how they're going to vote? >> well, it really depends on which women you're talking about. so again, going back to those mid-term elections, which i think is really driving the democratic campaign, that they don't want that again. they don't want this gop wipeout, as what happened in
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2010. and in 2010, the women's vote split evenly between democrats and the gop. however, if you were to look at it generationally, young women voted overwhelmingly for democratic candidates, whereas women between 30 and 64 narrowed that game, 64 and over overwhelmingly republican. so even among women, there are different issues that are a different importance. if you were to listen to the democratic party, you would think that contraception and reproductive rights is the number one women's issue, when it clearly isn't, and the mid-term election beared that out. i would point you to a memo wrin written last fall in november, where they explicitly said to inject abortion into the presidential election to try to get those women defectors -- women who voted for obama in 2008 who did not intend to vote for him again. and the way the reach them was through these reproductive rights issues. >> basically to talk about reproductive rights. maria, amy, do not go anywhere. with the first presidential
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debate a few days away, we're going to get a little help from you in terms of what the debate prep is scheduled to look like. but first, a questionor all of you political junkies as you think that coffee or tea or whatever you drink in the morning. when was the very first presidential debate? the answer coming up straight ahead. [ male announcer ] when this hotel added aflac to provide a better benefits package... oahhh! [ male announcer ] it made a big splash with the employees. [ duck yelling ] [ male announcer ] find out more at... [ duck ] aflac! [ male announcer ] ...forbusiness.com. ♪ ha ha!
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before the break, i asked you if you knew the question to when was the very first presidential debate? the answer 1960 and the famous kennedy-nixon debate. there won't be another one until gerald ford and jimmy carter until 1976. the first presidential debate coming up wednesday. as always, both sides playing the expectations game. tamping down a little bit. let me bring back maria cardona and amy holmes. amy, as you see it, who's got the advantage, president obama who's done so many, or mitt romney who frankly had to do it just to get the nomination? >> exactly. well, the president obviously has the incumbent advantage and he's been president the last four years and dealt with these
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issues on the front lines at 1600 pennsylvania avenue. as you mentioned, mitt romney as the gop nominee, he had to go through quite a gauntlet. i'm not sure that one person has the edge over the other. i think the question will be, you know, who gets off the best line and who's able to address the voters' concerns most directly and most pervasively. >> maria, same question. who do you think has the edge? a lot of people have been saying, mitt, where are the details? who do you think that is advantage right now? >> well, it's interesting, because going into it on issues and substance, i think that president obama has the advantage, because he's the one who has been a lot more clear and has offered a lot more specifics on what he would do to continue to grow the middle class, to grow this economy from the middle class out, from the 99% out, if you will, and mitt romney's going into this with a
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deficit, and obviously will have to answer his 47% comment because that's what voters are left with. but i will say this. mitt romney has certainly had a lot more practice in the last couple of years, as amy pointed out, and he is the one who has the greatest expectations, because even republicans are saying that if he does not have a game-changing night, that the trajectory of this campaign will not change, and that's going to be bad for romney campaign. >> right. each of them have really sort of gotten their practice in, one could argue. we talked wins and losses, expectations. both sides basically trying to play it down a little buiit. it's better to manage expectations than to not accomplish expectations. what do you think the voters are expecting? are they expecting something civilized? are they expecting attacks from each separate candidate, amy? >> i think they're expecting their issues to be addressed and
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to be addressed thoroughly and convincingly. but i love debates, because you have these completely unexpected moments, like when al gore, in his debates in 2000 with george bush, was sighing and rolling his eyes and walked out onstage with this crazy clown face, and that ended up sort of overwhelming the debate, another debate, where with hillary clinton, when her competitor was running for the senate, crossed the stage in a physical image of intimidation. i think the viewers will be looking at the two candidates of who they are, who they are as men. are they comfortable in their own skin? are they commanding? do they project leadership and confidence? all of these things play. people who listen to the nixon-kennedy debate, they thought nixon won. people who watched it on tv, they thought it went to jfk. >> obviously those famous mom t moments -- maria wlamaria, what
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think? >> you pointed to a famous moment that didn't do anything to fix the outcome of the campaign, so while there could be those moments onstage, it's really up to the voters whether those moments are going to become game-changing for the campaign itself. and let's be honest here. both candidates are going to be very well prepared. both candidates have tremendous strengths going into this. both candidates are going to be well-versed on the other's record. they've had tremendous policy briefings. they're going to be holed up for two or three days. so we're going to see two very prepared men going into these debates and i think amy is right. it's going to be the unscripted moments that are really going to give us a clue into -- at least for those three people who are undecided out there. >> to see whether those moments define or distract. maria cardona, amy holmes, thanks so much as always.
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appreciate your insight. >> thank you, deb. each week we shine a spotlight on the top ten cnn heroes of 2012. this week's honoree is from kabul, afghanistan. razia fearlessly opens her school to girls each day while terrorists do their best to prevent those same girls from getting an education. here's her story. >> in afghanistan, most of the girls have no voice. they are used as property of a family. the picture is very grim. my name is razia jan, and i'm the founder of a girls school in afghanistan. when we opened the school in 2008, 90% of them could not write their name. today, 100% of them are educated. they can read, they can write. i lived in the u.s. for over 38
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years. but i was really affected by 9/11. i really wanted to prove that muslims are not terrorists. i came back here in 2002. girls have been the most oppressed. i thought "i have to do something." it was a struggle in the beginning. i would sit with these men and i would tell them don't marry them when they're 14 years old, they want to learn. >> how do you write your father's name? >> after five years now, the men, they are proud of their girls. when they themselves can't write their name. >> very good. >> still, we have to take these precautions. some people are so much against girls getting educated. we provide free education to over 350 girls. i think it's like a fire that will grow.
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every year, my hope becomes more. i think i can see the future. >> and you can help us decide who will be our cnn hero of the year. if you'd like to vote for razia jan, go to cnnheroes.com and cast your vote. you can vote up to ten times a day every day. an award-winning jourmist joins me next. she was arrested for spray painting a controversial subway ad. was she right or was she wrong? and would she do it all over again? her side of the story on the other side. so, we all set?
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and welcome back, everyone. i'm dorah feyerick in for randi kaye. here are some stories we're watching this morning. the u.s. has warned iran to top providing arms to syrian president bashar al assad. hillary clinton also asked syria's neighboring countries to prevent iran from using their land or air space to transport those weapons. the warning comes as the u.s. has announced $15 million in nonlethal support for syrian opposition forces. staying in iran, the country's farz news agency getting by folks at the onion. it published and took credit for a satirical story that claims a gallup poll found that rural white americans prefer iran's president ahmadinejad over president obama. they later removed the story once the agency realized that, well, the onion wasn't a legitimate news organization. that trip to the gas station
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is getting a little easier on the pocketbook. aaa reports that the national average for a gallon of gas is $3.78, the fourth consecutive decline. so where tees line between free speech and hate speech? take a look at this new ad that's up in about ten new york city subway stations. they were produced by a judeo-christian law firm and they read, "in any war between the civilized man and the savages, support the civilized man, support israel, defeat jihad." jewish, christian and muslim leaders alike have called the ads hate speech. but a federal judge ruled the ads are protected under the first amendment. so legally, there's not much the critics can do. but that did not stop this woman from spray painting one of the posters. you may recognize her as a frequent guest here on our network, reporting on egypt. >> tell me. tell me what you're arresting me for. is everybody watching? that is the scene that took
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place in the subway just a few days ago. mona joins me now. so mona, you were arrested, you spent about 22 hours in police custody. what made you do it? was it worth it? >> well, deb, good morning. i decided to spray paint that poster because i considered the poster racist and bigoted. i'm a big fan of the first amendment and i'm a big fan of freedom of speech and protected speech. i believe that that ad was considered by a federal judge to be protected speech and i believe what i did was protected speech. i acted out of principle, and i also acted out of the knowledge that as an american, i'm an egyptian-american. but as a u.s. citizen, i have a long and proud history of peaceful civil disobedience to draw on when facing injustice like racism or any other kind of movements throughout this country's history in which civil disobedience has been used, such as the women's rights movement or in the protest in the war in vietnam. >> this took place when the
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united nations general assembly was in town. here you are asking police what you're being arrested for. what were you charged with? >> eventually -- i wasn't told on the spot. i was neither read my rights nor was i told what i was being arrested for. but later at one of the precincts where i was held, and before i was taken to central booking, i was told i was charged with criminal mischief, making graffiti and possessing a graffiti instrument. i was after 22 hours arraigned before a judge and i'm supposed to return in november to see whether i will be put on trial on these charges or not. >> do you think that spray painting this particular ad was a form of peaceful disobedience? was that what you were trying to sort of -- the message you were trying to send? >> my two messages were this, that i believe the poster is freedom of expression and i believe what i did was a freedom of expression in answer to that. i chose a very nonviolent peaceful method. i mean, i chose the color pink. you don't get more peaceful and nonviolent than pink. i chose not rip the poster.
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i saw a man in another subway station earlier that day actually physically rip the poster. i wanted to leave the poster where it was. but i wanted to express myself on its expression with the color pink to make a point that this is a nonviolent form of civil disobedience and also freedom of expression. >> there are a lot of jewish groups that actually spoke out about this particular advertisement. jewish council for public affairs called it bigoted, divisive,unhelpful. the union for reformed judaism said it not only slammed muslims and they pollute america's own public square. the new york regional director of the anti-defamation league said the ads are offensive. pro-israel doesn't mean anti-islam. let's get to the woman who is at the heart of all of this. pamela geller. she is very, very divisive, this particular woman. she was one of those who stirred things up when they were down at
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ground zero, trying to get an islamic center built there. the source of these ads, isn't that part of the problem? aren't you sort of calling attention to somebody who is known for saying really outrageous things? >> you know, i reported -- i commented, rather, for cnn from egypt about three weeks ago during the protests that broke out around that film that was taken from youtube and shown on some tv channels. i understand that some people are saying well, by protesting, you're giving her more attention, but this is slightly different. the film, "innocence of muslims" was on youtube and largely ignored until it was shown on some tv stations and violent protests broke out. this is a different matter. this is an ad put up in the new york subway used by 11 million people. the mta itself did not want to put that ad up, recognizing that it was racist and bigoted. and unlike in san francisco, where similarly racist and bigoted ads appeared, our mta in new york city did not put an ad
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next to it saying -- or a disclaimer saying that we do not support the message of this ad. so as a new yorker, as a muslim, and as an arab, i chose a nonviolent, peaceful method of showing my freedom of expression to protest. i believe in the right to peacefully protest that offense. pamela geller is known -- she has a long and disgusting history of anti-muslim, anti-arab, and anti-african-american hate. she's racist and she's bigoted. and i'm proud that i took part in this protest. i'm proud to hear of all these jewish groups who have spoken up. and i also proudly took part in protests against her hate and bigotry when an islamic community center was planned for ground zero. we're new yorkers. we don't support racism in new york. as a new yorker and an arab, i'm against racism and hate in all its forms against anyone. >> sure. mona, very interesting. we'll clearly follow to see what happens with all of this. the woman who tried to stop you,
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she may file charges. but keep us posted on what happens to you after your court date november 29th. thanks so much for being with us this morning. >> thank you. why meg ryan can't forget a 14-year-old cambodian girl. it is a cnn special report just a few moments away. is right for me. you should try our coverage checker. it helps you see if you have too much coverage or not enough, making it easier to get what you need. [ beeping ] these are great! [ beeping ] how are you, um, how are you doing? i'm going to keep looking over here. probably a good idea. ken: what's a good idea? nothing. with coverage checker, it's easy to find your perfect policy. visit progressive.com today.
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around the world, women and young girls are trying to stop years of exploitation and abuse.
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nicolas christoph and several celebrity activists are talking to cnn about a new documentary on the women who hold up "half the sky." >> we're going to be going on a journey to some of the places of the world where the repression of women and girls is truly at its most extreme. we'll be traveling to six different countries and we've invited six american actresses to join us. we're going to meet some people who have so impressed with the work they're doing to build a better sierra leon, a better cambodia, a better vietnam. working on issues like sex trafficking, violence against women, and also solutions such as getting more girls into school and keeping them there. >> and one of those actresses, meg ryan. she tells us about her journey. >> i went to cambodia because for some reason, i have this -- i don't know why, exactly. but a real soft spot for these
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third world girls. >> they don't want to be here, but they have no choice. if somebody gave them money, they leave here. >> the more faces i saw, the more innocence and the beauty of these little girls and the fact that they are kind of on the front line of abuse. and they are actually -- these ngos and humanitarian organization talk about when you are the one to fix the third world, this group of people is who you look to. >> and you spent time in cambodia with one girl in particular. she was 14 when she was kidnapped. >> she's the girl in my segment who has no eye. they wanted her to have sex with somebody and she said no, so they gouged her eye out. and her name is samana, which means forgiveness. but she changed her name and she became forgiveness after this thing happened to her. and she's so mutilated, but still this big smile on her
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face. so it's always this feeling of oh, heartbreak and triumph in one little face. >> it's interesting that you talked about a girl who had her eye gouged out by a brothel, yet you are talking in the context of hope, of transformation, of feeling kind of inspired by what you saw. >> i think a lot about the first day i was in cam bobodia and alf those girls were telling their stories i think for the first time to an outsider. and they held each other's hands. this little chain of really awful stories. and these girls were sported by one another in order to express the thing that had been the most difficult for them. >> she's singing, her heart is breaking. i'm just 4 years old and they
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sold me in the brothel. >> they made a song out of their particular experience, you know, in the brothels. and when i looked around, the other girls in the audience knew the words to all the little girls that were singing their song, the other girls knew the words. so for me, the power of community and feminine community, but community of sharing your most vulnerable self, and this creates a brand of community that's very, very strong, and that has stayed with me. >> so moving. well, next hour, actress gabrielle union tells us about meeting a courageous 15-year-old girl in vietnam. it airs on pbs monday and tuesday. this is cnn breaking news. >> and we have this breaking news into cnn.
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"the new york times" reports its former longtime publisher arthur salz burger has died. he passed away today at his southampton home following a long illness. he took the helm of the "times" in 1963. he transformed it into a nationally recognized multi-billion-dollar brand. it was on his watch that the times published the pentagon papers. arthur salzberger was 86. and it's official, the deal is done. the refs are officially back on the football field. we'll have more on the contract that was signed just moments ago. 's about her. but your erectile dysfunction - that could be a question of blood flow. cialis tadalafil for daily use helps you be ready anytime the moment's right. you can be more confident in your ability to be ready. and the same cialis is the only daily ed tablet approved to treat ed and symptoms of bph, like needing to go frequently or urgently.
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and this just in to cnn. football fans, go get your footballs and get ready to spike. the deal is done. nfl refs making it official and signing a new contract for another eight years. a blown call -- you know the one i'm talking about -- by a replacement ref in a key game helping both sides get back to the bargaining table. ben ryder is a "sports illustrated" staff writer. he has been watching all this. ben, finally a deal, it's official. it's fascinating to me, what was the sticking point? because there are three games now that a lot of people will say let's just scratch them and
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start, you know, with the next round of games. >> right. well, something unprecedented happened on thursday night in baltimore, deb. fans actually gave a standing ovation to nfl officials. that's how bad this has gotten. monday night, of course, the botched call, changed the outcome of the seahawks-packers game in favor of seattle. that kind of led to a public outcry. this cannot stand. 17 hours of negotiations between the nfl and the officials on tuesday. finally late wednesday night, they had an agreement in principle. now finally the agreement has been formalized. the referees are back on the field and sunday's games will be fully staffed by the proper officials. >> you know, what's interesting is that one of sticking points is that nfl owners wanted the referees to become full-time nfl employees. a lot of these refs hold other jobs. and that was one of the reasons that the owners were so unwilling to compromise.
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why? i mean, these are very dedicated, professional referees. why should that technically be an issue? >> this is one of the things that gave the referees a really strong position in the bargaining. take the most famous referee, ed hochuli. he works 50 hours as an attorney and another 50 as an nfl refee. that meant that he wasn't relying on the nfl's paycheck, so he could wait it out until the referees got a fair deal. they did get a deal. i think it's unfair to say that most of the refs do not give their full attention to their jobs. they're the best in the world. they do. in the future, i think that they will probably all be full-time as the nfl wants. but right now, this is one of the reasons that the referees were able to stick it out as long as they did and really score a rare victory against the most powerful sports league in the entire world. >> it's so fascinating, we see football player salaries. you're talking about a 16-game season, and you're talking about a salary that's going to go from
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about $149,000 up to $173,000 next year, and then i think it goes above 200,000 in $2019. you're basically talk about 16,000 a game. it sounds like a lot of money, but it doesn't sound like a lot for the nfl. it's a $10 billion business. >> they fought tooth and nail about giving any concessions to the referees. this is an eight-year deal and these referees will be making an average of $204,000 in 2019. so we can say that the referees did win. they did stick it out. but bottom line, this really is a drop in the bucket for the nfl. this isn't going to be impacting the owners that much. >> yeah, which is really remarkable, especially since you look at this season and some people may think that some of the games deserve to have an asterisk by them is. this a black eye on nfl
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commissioner roger goodell, or do you not think it was his fault? >> well, let's remember a few things. one is that roger goodell is serving at the pleasure of the nfl's 32 owners. people kind of view a sports commissioner as these all-powerful king solomon type figures. they're not. goodell is an employee of the owners, just like the players are really. so he was kind of -- you know, the hatchet man here. he took a lot of the arrows. but at the end of the day, he was really doing the owners' bidding here. >> all right, well, we'll see where it goes. ben ryder with "sports illustrated." always good to talk to you. thanks so much. samuel l. jackson is appearing in a new political ad and you could call it a mix between his foul-mouthed pulp fiction character and a children's bedtime story. huh? okay. we'll explain. while balancing the company's bottom line, their very first word was... [ to the tune of "lullaby and good night" ] ♪ af-lac ♪ aflac [ male announcer ] find out more at... [ duck ] aflac! [ male announcer ] ...forbusiness.com. [ yawning sound ]
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go to the spa. >> consider traveling to a spa resort mid week and scheduling your treatments at off times to get great deals. >> reporter: but don't overdo it. >> i know it sounds fantastic to get a massage and a facial and a mud bath and a swim and a yoga class. hour, if you overbook yourself, you'll not allow time to actually relax. and we have much more ahead in the next hour of "cnn saturday morning", which starts right now. from the cnn center, this is "cnn saturday morning." it is september 29th. good morning, everyone. i'm deborah feyerick in for randy fay. -- randi kaye. the attack in libya was an act
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of terror. also, jimmy hoffa's remains could be under a michigan storage shed. and how much would you pay a man to marry your daughter? we'll tell you what a hong kong billionaire is offering. we start with the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. u.s. intelligence officials now say that it was a deliberate terrorist assault. it's a different assessment from earlier when they claimed it was a spontaneous attack following protests over an anti-muslim film. u.s. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans were killed in that attack. cnn intelligence correspondent suzanne kelly joins me live from washington. did intelligence agencies really not have enough formation, or were they covering up parts, as some are suggesting? >> that's a great question, and i think what we're starting to see now is a little bit behind the curtain, if you will, with the intelligence community coming out with this very unusual statement really about what it knew. although it's not nailing down
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exactly the timeline. now, you have to remember in those first 24 hours after this attack, things were coming in, they were initial assessments and the intelligence community is basically saying look, guys, we know that initial assessments are sometimes wrong because you just haven't gathered enough information yet. but let me read to you what shawn turner said. he's the director of communications for the office of the director of national intelligence, the president's top intelligence adviser here. as we learn more about the attack, we revised our initial assessment to reflect new information, indicating that it was a deliberate enorganized attack carried out by extremists. that's very different from what we heard in the first few hours. the debate now in washington is did the administration get this message loud and clear from the intelligence community when they've gone out as recently as last weekend, and we're still continuing to say that they believe that this was something that was spontaneous that grew out of a protest. it looks like from the intelligence community point of view, they may have known a
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little bit earlier. like i said, that's really where the questions are focused right now on the timeline about who knew what and when. >> when you think about the reason, what is the impact, of the it was an organized terror plot, what is that suggesting? that extremists from al qaeda are making their way into libya? what does it say about what happened? >> sure. if you say that the u.s. fell victim to a terrorist plot against it, i mean, it opens itself up for all sorts of criticism. the administration to all sorts of criticism. you've got a situation here where you've already seen the state department come under some attack for a lack of security with the ambassador, and also guarding this consulate. because it wasn't sort of the main embassy, which is located in tripoli, and it had a much lower level of security that was present. so you're opening yourself up really to all sorts of attacks from the administration point of view. if you say look, we already know
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which intelligence has already known that there are groups there that have al qaeda sympathies, they may not be organized al qaeda, but they're members of different groups, they're looking at aqim right now, they know that there are other groups who are much more organized, they're well equipped, they've got cars, they've got rpgs, they've got weapons and they don't particularly want the u.s. anywhere near them so. if you look at all the pieces that were on the game board at the time, if you will, and put them together, there's a lot of criticism being poked at the administration for you should have known this was coming, and that's why i think you're seeing the intelligence community coming out and really defending itself robustly with this statement saying there was no actionable intelligence on this ahead of time. we didn't know we had an intercepted communication that indicated an attack was coming. i think really everything just got buried in the politics in this. >> it not only underscores perhaps inadequate security, but also a gap in, as you call
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actionable intelligence by members of the u.s. intelligence community. suzanne kelly, thank you for joining us with those insights this morning. what was said after the attack and more importantly what was not is now at the entder ce a u.s. fire storm. ambassador rice said there were no extremists involved, but now with the new information out, new york congressman peter king is saying she needs to step down. here's what he told our wolf blitzer. >> if things go wrong and everyone forgets about it the next day. i think we have to send a clear message. on such a vital issue as this where an american ambassador was killed, where all the accumulation of the evidence at the time, the presumption had to be it was terrorism. i can see why if they wanted to say it's too early to say it's definitively terrorism, but to rule out terrorism, to say it was not terrorism at that time was to me a terrible mistake to
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make, whether it was intentionally or unintentionally. and to show the significance of that, i believe she should resign. >> the white house is standing by ambassador rice. it said everything she said in that interview was cleared by interagency groups based on the latest information that the agency had. now to the crisis in czasyr. the u.s. is warning iran to stop providing bombs to assad's regime. hillary clinton is asking syria's neighbors not to allow iran to use their land or air space to transport the weapons. she also said the u.s. is donating another 15 million in nonlethal support to unarmed syrian opposition groups. more engine trouble for the boeing 787 dream liner. just two months after an engine cracked and failed. federal plane inspectors say they found a second engine problem on another dreamliner. the aircraft had not yet flown
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sler on trial today. -- butler is on trial today. if he's convicted, he could spend up to eight years in prison. he has pleaded not guilty. a vatican computer technician is also on trial. vice president joe biden is wrapping up a two-day swing through florida in just about half an hour, he'll hold a rally in fort myers. while stumping in the sunshine state, biden has been blasting republicans mitt romney and paul ryan for their medicare reform plan, claiming more financial burdens on seniors. president obama is off the campaign trail. and mitt romney, he is also taking the day off, but his running mate paul ryan is campaigning hard today in two critical states, ohio and new hampshire. paul steinhauser is live in derry, new hampshire.
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what's the romney-ryan strategy in these key states? >> last hour when i joined you, this place was packed. it was noisy. and pretty quiet right now. the only people left are myself and photo journalist bob crowley. now he's moved on to ohio. what is the strategy? a lot of what you saw today, a lot of rallies to make sure the republican supporters and other independent voters here in new hampshire listen to what they have to say. lot of the strategy is also television commercials. and what you don't see, doesn't get a lot of news but is really important is the so called ground game. the field operations that the campaigns have in these states like here in new hampshire and in ohio where ryan goes later today. what's the polling look like here in new hampshire? take a look at this. this is from american research group. it's the most recent poll here in new hampshire. you can see the president with a five-point advantage. that's within the sampling area, so it's still pretty close here
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in new hampshire in the battle for this state's four electoral votes. >> the big debate is only four days away. both camps trying to present themselves as the underdog. does that work in their favor? how does that factor in to the game? >> yeah, this whole expectations game. we've seen this in cycles past. this is what the campaigns do. they try to lower the bar for their candidates so if the candidate does better, heck, he won that debate. it's not just the campaigns. take a listen to mitt romney himself on the campaign trail the past few days. >> he's president of the united states. he's a very effective speaker. he's a very eloquent speaker. so i'm sure in the debates, as in last time with his debates with senator mccain, he'll be very eloquent. >> they say talk up the other guy. take a listen to stephanie cutter, she was on "piers morgan" last night. >> what history tells us, that
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challengers normally win the first debate just by the fact that they're standing on the stage with the president. that elevates them. they normally come into these things as underdogs. we're coming in very realistic, that mitt romney is likely to win the he plays his cards right. >> there are a lot more of these lowering the bar expectation between now and wednesday night, the big showdown in denver, colorado. >> so interesting to hear mitt romney use the word "eloquent," especially when he described the 47, he said sometimes i don't say things so eloquently. president obama and mitt romney come face to face as american voters weigh their voice. the first presidential debate starts wednesday night, october 3rd and you can watch it right here, live, 7:00 eastern, cnn. also cnn.com. and there are many ways to find a groom for your daughter. but a hong kong billionaire has come up with a very unique and
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a hong kong billionaire is making an offer many bachelors won't be able to refuse.
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$64 million to marry his daughter. why is he doing it? are there any takers? our pauline chu figures out. >> reporter: in his opulent mansion, this real estate tycoon enjoys the beautiful artwork. the serenity of an indoor waterfall. and an ocean view. but one of hong kong's richest men is unsettled by a simple desire, finding the right person for his only daughter. >> she is a nice girl. very loving daughter, and deserve a good life and she should have as wide choice as possible. >> sounds simple enough for the 33-year-old, who is executive director of her father's real estate empire. but various media outlets have reported that she is already married to her longtime female companion. her father says those reports are false and have ruin her chances of finding a man.
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so he's offering an incentive, $64 million to any man who can win over his daughter. aren't you worried about the types of people who will apply? they're just after the money, don't you think? >> i'm not going to worry these things until gigi has found somebody who loves her. if somebody loves her just for her money, she is old enough to find out herself and i will advise her. >> reporter: more than a thousand offers have come in. she says she finds her father's offer entertaining. >> i wasn't angry at all. i was moved by daddy's announcement. i mean, it's really his way of saying baby girl, i love you and you deserve more, basically. >> reporter: cnn asked her about media reports of her marriage to a longtime female partner. she said she's not in a position to verify this.
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cecil chao says he's open-minded when it comes to issues of sexuality, but he has her concerns. >> if she's not gay, she should straighten it out and not mislead. >> but if she is gay, are you okay with that? >> that is for her to decide what she wants to be. >> reporter: both father and daughter say the publicity has been wedoverwhelming. she says for the sake of her family's sanity, she hopes her father retracts the offer. paulie chu, cnn, hong kong. >> love to be a fly on the wall at a dinner conversation in that home. well, paying football players for injuring an opponent. that story has been around for a while. but wait until you hear who's being accused of it now. ♪
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has there ever been a bigger tipping point in labor negotiations? you know what i'm talking about. the "monday night football" game between seattle and green bay, that controversial packers loss, and the ensuing outcry paut fast
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forward jolt in the nfl's talks with its regular ref reese. three days later, those refs were back, much to the delight of fans, players and coaches. those refs got a standing ovation. today the refs voted 112-5 to ratify the new eight-year deal, officially ending their lockout. earlier, i spoke with "sports illustrated's" ben ryder and he agreed the nfl should have done this deal long before now. >> the nfl is a $10 billion business and they fought tooth and nail against giving any concessions to the referees. these referees will be making an average of $204,000 in 2019. you can say the referees did win, but bottom line, this really is a drop in the bucket for the nfl. this isn't going to be impacting the owners that much. >>.
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>> immediately referees began scrambling to find flights to their cities. there may be another team involved in a bounty-gate scandal. what's really disturbing is this time it's about kids. >> reporter: the 2011 red cobras pop warner football team went undefeated in the regular season. >> this was a team that knew it was on the verge of greatness, and indeed, it went to the pop warner super bowl in florida, and because it knew that it had the players in place to get that far, it was probably willing to push the boundaries of what was acceptable, and they got carried away. >> reporter: john zanelli now says other coaches on the team offered the boys $20 cash bounties for big hits on opposing players. he declined to speak on camera with cnn, but off camera confirmed details of the alleged bounty program, first reported
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by keith sharon and frank mickadite. >> all in all, we now have six parents and players saying that this happened. six out of a team of about 22 confirming that this happened. so there's no doubt in my mind that this happened. >> we spoke with one player from the 2011 red cobras team whose parents did not want him identified because he feared retaliation. players told us coaches did discuss cash incentive for big hits and that after games, players would vote on which player would receive the money. he also said he saw a coach give a player cash. darren, the coach, says those claims are nonsense. >> did you ever suggest or pay for a player to hurt a player on another team? >> absolutely not. i think that they're trumped up charges. i think john zanelli made these charges up in his head and wrote them down on paper and submitted
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them to, i believe national pop warner. nothing like that ever happened on my team. >> i've been a team mom for two of those four years, so i'm not what you would consider a casual bystander. i was at practices, i was at the games and i've never once heard anything mentioned in the nature of any kind of bounty. >> the local conference initially investigated the claims and called them unfounded or overstated. late thursday, the national pop warner organization suspended crawford and the league president saying "in light of new information and players coming forward who did not participate in the league investigation, national pop warner will intervene to further investigate. crawford and other parents with boys still on the team say zanelli's claims are the result of a vendetta stemming from long-running disputes with the local pop warner conference. the cobras' 2011 season ended with a loss in the national semifinals. a successful season tarnished by a bitter rift among the team's
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coaches, parents and players over allegations that players were paid to play hard. well, it's a real life cinderella story. the victim of schoolyard bullying becomes a homecoming princess when a cruel prank backfires. the ones who make us laugh, the ones with the strong shoulder to lean on, the ones we're named after, and the ones named after us. it takes all kinds of good to make a family. at new york life, everything we do is to help you keep good going.
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when whitney crop was nominated for homecoming court by her classmates, she was thrilled. but her excitement soon turned to embarrassment and pain when she realized she was the victim of a cruel prank. now this michigan teen is turning the tables on her bullies. cnn's chris welsh has her story.
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>> reporter: a superstar practically overnight. 16-year-old whitney crop is a role model to anyone who's ever been bullied. >> we love you, whitney! >> reporter: but this sophomore's journey so stardom was no fairytale. when her peers picked her for the homecoming court as a joke, she had thoughts of suicide. >> like wow, i feel like trash. i feel like i'm a little thing that no one really cares about. >> reporter: at home run sister's urging, she decided to keep her title on the court. >> if i were in your position, that would be really hard to do. >> it's really hard to do right now, because at first, i had thought about dropping out of the homecoming court. i'm not this joke that everyone thinks i am. i'll just prove all these kids wrong. >> that's exactly what she did, and since then, she'll been swamped with support, from the local hair salon that gave her a new do -- >> to find out that it was all just a joke, it really touched me. >> reporter: to the facebook page with over 100,000 fans.
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>> it's so cool to see e-mails that we're getting or she's getting from parents and other students from all over the place telling their stories and how it helped them and it touched them. you know, my daughter is out there as an inspiration to a lot of people and it's a really cool thing. see? you're like cinderella. mistreated, unappreciated, abused, but after much support, you're going to have a great time at the ball. >> before i thought no one cares about me. i thought not even my own brother and sister care. but they're proving to me they do care. the world is proving that they care about the situation. >> reporter: folks from all over the state are here tonight. this group of girls traveled more than an hour away. you left your home football game to come here and support whitney. why? >> we just wanted to show whitney that our entire student body is completely 100% behind her. >> reporter: from being bullied to the bully pulpit, she's using her newfound fame to send a message. >> the kids that are bullying
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you, do not let them bring you down. stand up for what you believe in. go with your heart and go with your gut. that's what i did. and look at me now. i'm just as happy as can be. >> reporter: whitney says she'll likely face bullies again if her future, but she she says when that happens, she'll be able to confront them with her head held high and with a new confidence. reporting from west branch, michigan, chris welch, cnn. an ancient piece of pa pyrus alluding to jesus having a wife are fake. the vatican newspaper has cast doubt over its authenticity. the acclaimed book "half the sky" by nicolas christoph has inspired a new documentary. he sat down with the stars, including gabrielle union, who
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tells us how a 15-year-old girl in vietnam inspired her. >> we met her at 15. her mother had left. her father -- because her father was abusive, his abuse was so epic, he was famous in their community. the father is a clock and watch repairman. everything is digital, so the business is not brisk. and instead of changing occupations or picking up another job, he came up with the bright idea for me to seni to s lottery tickets and she figured out a way to squirrel away money to get tutoring, to get food for her and her brother, to get uniforms, books, supplies, and some days when she just wasn't going to be able to sell all of her lottery tickets and she was going to home and be beaten. >> do you know why she's crying? could you tell us why she's
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upset? i could see in ni's face that there was a lot more to her story than even what she was willing to let on, and i became a little attached, maybe too attached, some would say. >> ni's story in e sense reflects a real argument about why we should care about somebody in vietnam, that tiny amounts of money, that an amount we spend on coffee could be transformative in a life of somebody like ni. as well as the idea that our compassion shouldn't depend on the color of subpoena's passport. >> exactly. exactly. i think that's the point we all
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try to make. it's a little bit of humanity. >> you must be so proud of her because she's such a great student and such a good salesperson. a sense of pride. >> not yet. still more. still many things for her to do. >> when you absolutely refuse to see someone else's pain because you're okay, it does make you a jerk. >> you've worked a lot with violence issues, gender violence issues right here in the u.s. i'm curious, when you were working halfway around the world in vietnam with these girls, did it feel kind of the same? >> if kids in america could see what ni went through and how she got through it, they can apply those same lessons to their own lives. helping and giving a damn makes the world go round. we can all learn from each other. you are so beautiful and so
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reasonable and we're willing to talk, and that sort of sets the stage for what will happen after the u.s. election and early next year. >> jim, ahmadinejad, he is on his way out. the iranian economy is in crisis. there's high inflation. many from crude has been choked off by sanctions. many iranians are embarrassed. is he becoming irrelevant now that he's really in the last nine months of his presidency, his leadership there? >> i think that's a good question. i think we as americans, we think iran, we think ahmadinejad, the devil that's caricatured. number one, it has always been the case that in the iranian system, it's not the president, it's the supreme leader who calls the shots. ahmadinejad over eight years has risen and gone down and risen and gone down in terms of his power, but you're right to say he's a lame duck. they have a presidential election in june, so he's down
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to his last little more than six months. and beyond that, beyond that, within the last two years, he and his inner circle have come under inkresed pressure within iran, even rumors that he might be arrested or those around him arrested, so his power has declined. it has always been about the supreme leader. i think he still has some residual influence because he's the president, but it's not nearly what most americans think it is. >> and as a matter of fact, while he was at the u.n., he was told that one of his top aides indeed was arrested for making a comment that apparently insultdinsultd -- insulted the supreme leader. he called for a red line saying that diplomacy hasn't done anything to stop it. sanctions not so much. even though they are proving effective. at one point, benjamin netanyahu really drew a red line, his own red line.
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take a look. >> here are the facts. where should a red line be drawn? a red line should be drawn right here. before -- before iran completes the second stage of nuclear enrichment necessary to make a bomb. >> what is really so fascinating about this is that the iran supreme leader has not yet made the decision whether or not to build any sort of an atomic weapon, but clearly that is what everybody in that region is worried about. are we looking at a targeted military strike, another war, if, in fact, iran does go over that 90% mark that netanyahu is talking about? >> well, i think you're right to say if they were suddenly to announce that they were pursuing a nuclear weapon or that they were going to kick out all the
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inspectors, the international atomic energy agency and go for 90%, i think that you could get a military strike. i do not expect that to happen. i don't think other folks expect that to happen. and you ask what are the consequences of a strike. i was part of a group of 35 national security experts, retired generals, three former national security advisers to the president of the united states, who also admitted -- signed on to report last week about what would the consequences be. i'm glad you said what you said. because i think one of the consequences of striking now is that you would push iran towards the bomb. as you said, our national security establishment believes iran has not yet made that decision. they're still sort of weighing their options. one of my fears as guy who focuses on nuclear is if you attack them, then you're going to produce the very thing you seek to avoid. they're going to say oh yeah? we'll show you. because iran is one of those
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types of countries, very prideful. you attack us? fine. we'll show you, we're going to build a bomb. >> well, iran told the u.n. summit that any attack or sabotage of its nuclear facility would constitute nuclear terrorism. iran's foreign minister said all states have legal obligations to refrain from such an attack. and in international news, the czech president is recovering from a bizarre attack. it happened while he was inaugurating a new bridge. you see that circumstance? that's a gun. as he was walking through the crowd, a man armed with a replica gunfired plastic pellets at him. he was taking to the hospital with bruises but no serious injuries. the suspect is in custody. a painting going up for auction, but at the very last minute, the fbi pulled the plug.
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it's the case with more twists and turns than a hollywood heist film. a flea market shopper snags a renoir for just $7. the lucky owner was supposed to auction it off, but the fbi says uh-uh, they cancelled it. as brian todd explains, it's all over a crime committed more than 60 years ago. >> it's 5.5 x 9 inches, titled "on the shore of the tseng", this landscape has made a mysterious journey. >> this is what we fantasize about finding a great treasure somewhere. >> doreen's institution once had
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that renoir on display, owned by a well-known local art patron. more than 60 years ago the painting was lifted. the circumstances around the theft of the painting are not clear, but this is the library's record of the painting, the card saying it was lent here, this notation saying it was stolen from the museum in 1951, only about five months after thelend died fast forward to 2010 a woman at the flee market is a attracted to a nondescript box. >> she paidp $7 for a cardboard box full of miscellaneous items. >> reporter: including a doll, a plastic dog and the lost lost renoir. an auction house in alexandria, virginia, where it's being kept now. what happened between high-end heist and flee market haggle over 60 years is virtually unknown. >> how tough is it to piece together how it might have made
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that journey? >> i think people feel a famous painting ought to be very clear, but life has so many twists and turns and it has friendships and deaths and divorces and all kinds of chaos moving, you know, changing of occupation, it's very hard to speculate what are the circumstances would cause the painting to change hands. >> reporter: records of artworks were not digatized and tracked then with the sophistication used now. the fbi is investigating that trail, authorities and probably lawyers will also have to determine whether the painting is rightfully the property of the woman who bautd it for $7 or the museum or the insurer who paid out the claim. right now, it's not clear who that insurer was either. what would sadie may say about this whole situation? >> sadie may was a pretty extraordinary woman. i'm sure she would be amused to find her reputation brought to the surface and so much attention paid to her. >> reporter: as much as they
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want the painting back, museum officials aren't prepared to say they will wage a legal fight to get it. they're piecing together how the painting was stolen and how it got to a flee market in west virginia. brian todd, cnn, baltimore. "cnn newsroom" starts at the top of the hour. fred whitfield here with us. >> we have lots, beginning with our legal guys who join us every saturday. avery and richard. we have an interesting case. you know you take a picture and put it on your facebook or blog, the protect is protected to a certain extent, right sph. >> absolutely. >> a gay couple of new jersey they took a beautiful picture of themselves and it was lifted and anti-gay campaign and now this couple has filed suit. that's the picture that they took and it was superimposed and the background changed from that beautiful manhattan skyline to a
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colorado kind of landscape and with this antique message and that couple is pursuing a lawsuit against that group. our legal guys are going to tackle whether this is an issue of privacy, copyright infringement, theft. >> we have a lot straight ahead and then try to understand a group of teenage girls out of chester, pennsylvania. who allegedly attacked a mentally ill woman, beat her. the 48-year-old woman, we understand, is still being hospitalized and we're trying to figure out the bits and pieces of this case. what in the world could have provoked this kind of jumping of a perfect stranger and then leaving this person to be injured and, apparently, it was a mother who saw the videotape, you're looking at the vidtape the girls apparently took and then posted it on facebook. so, it was the mother who was outraged, saw this, called police and so these girls have been arrested. and then we've got a beautiful story of second
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chances. it was the happiest day of his life and it was also the saddest one of his life. this young man takes to the diamond in the major league baseball, his first game and he gets hit by the ball so hard, more than 90-mile-per-hour ball kind of hitting him in the neck right below the helmet, it puts him out and loses his chances of major league baseball and next week he'll be back on the diamond. so, we'll talk with him today about what his recovery has been like for the past seven years and how he has been able to stay in tip top shape so that he could have this new chance, again. >> we'll definitely be watching. >> his name is adam greenbuerg, really an inspiration. 38 days to go until election day, but some are saying the results of the presidential race could be decided long before then. copd makes it hard to breathe,
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city. >> here we go. >> four, five. >> reporter: this one in des moin moines. >> just scan it under the red light. >> reporter: iowa's early a voting part of an important and growing national trend. 35 states now allow some form of early in-person voting, including seven of the nine presidential battlegrounds, cnn ranks as toss-ups. here in iowa, the early numbers and early turn out suggest a big obama head start. so far, a nearly 5-1 democratic advantage statewide in requesting early mail-in ballots. >> i was wondering, mary a, if the president will have your support this november. awesome. >> reporter: there is add aed obama campaign getting numbers in the bank early. >> you may know in-person early voting starts tomorrow in iowa. so, basically for us here at the campaign, every day is going to be election day. >> yes, we can. >> reporter: johnson county, home to the university of iowa, led the state four years ago when a 55% of its ballots were
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cast early. >> the entire world is watching us. >> reporter: as president of the university democrats, catherine's job is getting her fellow students to vote now. fair to say, not the most reliable if you just wait for one day. >> i mean, things come up and you could have an exam and you could wait until election day and realize you don't know where your precinct is. it just gives us 40 more chances to catch people. >> reporter: bill grubs says obama is ahead as september winds down and early voting opens. >> fourth quarter is where most of the action happens and october will be big and if romney has a good start to the month, we'll be fine. >> reporter: but grubbs warns against making too much of the early rush. >> in 2010 democrats had an edge in the early voting, as well. i can't tell you what the edge was, but it was a significant edge. and the republicans still swept the states. difference of strategy. you put your money in the early
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three weeks or put it in the voting. >> reporter: the first early vote mailing just this week. >> can mitt romney and paul ryan count on your support this november election? excellent. and, would you be interested in voting early this election? >> reporter: karen is credited with making the iowa gops 1 millionth voter call this cycle. >> issues that matter to iowa. >> reporter: she's doing her part now as republicans play early voting catch. >> you know, we're working hard here, we're rolling up our sleeves and putting our boots on and we're going at it. so, we still have time. >> reporter: john king, cnn, iowa city, iowa. and lots more ahead as "cnn newsroom" continues with fredricka whitfield. >> i can't believe it's under 40 days under election day. it went by like this, after all. >> i'm sure a lot of people are happy a about this. >> it's true, too. we'll elaborate on that later, too. good to see you, appreciate